Recommendations for Linux distro for older 32bit computer

Scott Fell
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I have a windows XP that is running on  a 32 bit AMD Sempron 140  2.71 Ghz and 2.75 RAM and looking to convert to Ubuntu or some other linux distro so this can be re purposed.  I would like to have an easy to use desktop for non technical users.

There are a handful of "best lightweight" style articles that I have already read and am looking for personal experience.

Thank you.
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Brandon LyonWeb Developer/Designer

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Many distros and apps are dropping 32 bit support, which is going to make this request more difficult. I'd suggest a super long LTS distro like Debain and a migration plan for 64 bit. You can choose a different desktop environment if you need to make it more user friendly.

Ubuntu, Arch, and Fedora are already dropping 32 bit support.
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Thank you.  I understand that. However, my goal is not to have the latest and greatest, just have something that will allow me to re-purpose this older computer in order to give it away.  I believe my system is 32 bit and I am not interested in upgrading hardware.   It will only be used for web based email and word processing.  I know that chrome does not support 32 bit but firefox does.
Brandon LyonWeb Developer/Designer

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You might try LXLE. I don't really use lightweight linux distros but when I do that is the one I use.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Try Ubuntu 32-bit

http://download.cnet.com/Ubuntu-32-bit/3000-18513_4-170729.html

That may work on your computer
Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
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John, that would have been my first choice.   But the requirements https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements show a dual core 2Ghz processor.  I don't know enough about one AMD from another. Do think with what I have shown in my question the specs work out?
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What about Lightweight GUI alternative (Xubuntu and Lubuntu) in that link you posted.  These should run on your old machine. In that link, there is a link to both systems. Both claim to be for lightweight computers. See if they work.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer

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Look for an older version of Debian or Ubuntu, two to three releases back.  That'll do the job.  Both Debian and Ubuntu have all their distributions online no matter how old.

Debian 6.0 (Squeeze)
Erik SchminkeAIX/Linux Systems Administrator

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The popular distros are dropping 32-bit support left and right, and from a usability stand point, you probably don't want to go with a less-popular distro.  In terms of being supported, you also want to run an unsupported version if you plan on doing anything with it online.

For the price of a couple hundred bucks, you could buy a machine at Wal-Mart that would run circles around the PC in question.
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I appreciate and understand what is being said. However, I am asking for personal experience on which distro to use based on what I have to work with and that does not seem to be the case here. Probably because this group does not muck with older  hardware.

Instead, I have been playing around with a few options on my own based on my previous research.
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As I said, I was hoping for personal experience.  

I have ended up with lubuntu.  I tried https://ubuntubudgie.org/ first. While that did work, the web browser was chromium and kept crashing. Next I tried Kubuntu.  With that I was able to get to the log in screen but once logging in, the screen turned into a series of diagonal diamonds. I found some possible solutions online and it may have been an easy fix, but switching out to lubuntu took only about 10 minutes to download ,create an iso image on the thumbdrive, install, log in and use.

I liked the desktops of Budgie and Kubuntu better. Just not worth the time to make it work as this only needs to use a web browser.

Thank you for the input.
Erik SchminkeAIX/Linux Systems Administrator

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OK.  Well, if you're dead set on using the old hardware, and are OK with older, unsupported distros and understand the risk it presents.

I have a very minimally spec'd Dell Mini on which I installed an old version of Fedora 19 with the LXDE GUI on it.

You can get the ISO for it here.
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I used my previous research to try different options. I was hoping for some members that may have experience with recently installing linux on older hardware but it makes sense why this is not the case.

Thank you.

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